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Letter from the Lords Proprietors of Carolina to John Yeamans
Carolina. Lords Proprietors.
January 11, 1665
Volume 01, Pages 93-94

[B. P. R. O. Col: Ent: Book. No. 20. P. 21.]

Sir John Yeamans


Haveing receaved a good carrector of your abillityes and Inteagryty and of your loyalty to the kinge from Sir John Colleton, with an assurance that you will viggorously attempt the setling of a Collony or plantation

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to the southward of Cape Romania which will conduce much to the Interest and honour of the kinge and advantage of his people, and more especially that of the first setlers, wee have in the first place prevaled with his Majestie to conferr the honor of a knight Barronet upon you and your heires, to whome wee have given assurance that you will deserve the same;

In the next place we have by our Commissions which goes by your Sonn, made you our Lieutenant Generall and Governor of that parte of our Province of Carolina, which we conceave may most conduce to the setlement aforesaid and in as much as cann yet be under our Government for many reasons which we have not time to shew, we have in our agreement with your Sonn indeavoured to comprehend all Interests especially that of New England from whence the greatest stocke of people will in probabillity come, our more southerne plantations being already much drayned, wherefore we advize you to contrive all the good wayes you cann imagen to get those people to joyn with you in which there wilbe a common Utillity especially by keepinge those in the Kinges dominions that either cannot or will not submitt to the Government of the Church of England.

As for the six thousand acres of Land by you desired from us we doe here oblige ourselves to graunt the same to you or your assignes to be by you or them taken to the southward or westward of Cape Romania, by lott as other lands are to be taken up, in which we desire you to avoyde the comeing to neare the home Lotts which if you shall doe for any greate proportion, it will thin the people and weaken that part to the indangering of the whole, and alsoe as you take it up or cause it to be taken up and bounded within 3. yeares after the date hereof, you paying one halfe penny per acre English measure yearely the first payment to begin the 25th day of March which shalbe in the yeare of our Lord 1670. according to the English account.

Wee doe likewayse ingage ourselves to graunt to your frind Captain William Merricke or assignes fifteene hundred acres of Land English Measure, in the places upon the tearmes, wee have ingaged to graunt to you, wishing you good success and prosperity in your intended voyage and undertakings

we rest
Your very loving frinds.

Cockpitt this 11th January 1664.